Tuesday, 2 February 2016

If I Should Remember by K.D. Van Brunt

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Limitless Publishing and NetGalley.
If I Should Remember
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Memories make us human. Are we still alive if we can’t remember?

Seventeen-year-old Zoe Laleigh has accepted that sometimes the only way to survive today is to wipe away the past. That’s what her loving parents and dedicated psychiatrist are helping her do—forget. What, she’s not entirely sure. All she knows is when an entire year of recollections goes missing, there’s definitely something wrong.

Sometimes the past isn’t so easily forgotten…

Through a flood of dreams, Zoe realizes something happened. Something terrible and tragic. Her lost year is a monster hiding in the shadow of her nightmares, taunting her, but unwilling to reveal itself. When her family relocates, she hopes a new town and new school will help her regain a sense of normalcy. If only it were that easy.

Strangely enough, only her dog, Rin, seems to understand her…

He is somehow connected to her lost year—connected to why she keeps doing things her mother calls reckless, foolish, and dangerous. And when she starts to hear voices and sees things no one else can, she is forced to question her own sanity.

The monster of her nightmares has returned, bringing with it the single question that plagues her at night…

What is there to remember?

If I Should Remember by K.D. Van Brunt

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

If I Should Remember “I’ve lost something, something I need to find.”

This was an interesting YA contemporary story about a girl with dissociative amnesia.

Zoe was a character who seemed to like to go with the flow, and had a weird thing about talking to her dog all the time. She did come across as quite a lively sort of girl, and the whole missing memories thing didn’t seem to really bother her all that much at all.

The storyline in this seemed to mainly be about Zoe making new friends after moving house/schools, and her not being able to choose between 2 hot guys, and the ‘missing memories’ thing didn’t seem to really come into the story until we were around 35% of the way in! For me though the mystery over the memories was overshadowed a bit by all the other storylines in the book, and didn’t come across as the main focus at all.

There was some romance in this, but we did get a bit of a love triangle forming when Zoe seemed to be flirting with two different guys.

The ending to this was good, and I didn’t guess what Zoe’s missing memories were, although I did guess some of the other little twists.
Overall; interesting mystery story, but needed more focus on the mystery than the other storylines.

6.5 out of 10

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